Inquest hears of violent family row leading to death of Joey O’Donnell

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A NEIGHBOUR of the late Joey O’Donnell, killed by his son at his home on Hyde Road, has described the violent row that led to the 48-year-old’s death.

A NEIGHBOUR of the late Joey O’Donnell, killed by his son at his home on Hyde Road, has described the violent row that led to the 48-year-old’s death.

A statement of John Mason - read into the record at Mr O’Donnell’s inquest by Insp Brendan McDonagh - described “banging doors and loud music” coming from the house from 9pm on on September 30, 2010, something coroner Tony Casey was told Mr Mason was “well used to” from living next door to Joey O’Donnell.

Mr Mason had been awoken at around 3am after hearing glass breaking. He looked out to see a gas fire had been thrown through a window and heard Mr O’Donnell’s partner shouting at the deceased and his son Gerard McNamara to stop fighting.

Mr O’Donnell had refused several requests from gardai to take an ambulance.

He had told officers a number of times it had been “a family argument”.

It wasn’t until noon the following day that Mr O’Donnell, who had been found unresponsive in bed, was removed from his home in a stretcher.

The inquest heard that he had suffered bruising all over his face, head, upper body and limbs.

The medical evidence of state pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber was that scratches on the deceased man’s face were consistent with having deep made with fingernails or glass. It was also possible he had been strangled.

The cause of death was adjudged to be blunt force trauma to the head and neck and intercranial bleeding.

The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, for which Mcnamara received a six year sentence.